Sunday, July 3, 2016

Gallery Show Opens

Today we had the opening for the gallery show for all the pieces, which all look amazing. They will stay on display in Pietrasanta until September, when mine and the rest of the ones from ASU will be freight shipped back to Phoenix, where we will hopefully have another exhibition to show them at the university.

View upon entering gallery (my piece is the first on the right)

Details of my piece

View from back of gallery

Food line at stand outside of gallery. We were all able to hang out and talk for several hours, which ended when the big Italy-Germany game started, since it seems like everyone in the whole town was determined to watch it!

I am going to miss everyone so much, and I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to travel to Italy to carve marble.

Friday, July 1, 2016


Today we arrived in Pietrasanta, a small town near the Mediterranean Sea where our sculptures will be put on display. When we got here (after our bus got a flat tire on the freeway), we were able to see the gallery space where our pieces will be set up. Afterwards, we toured a foundry where they make bronze sculptures. We then had some free time to wander around the center of Pietrasanta before heading to the monastery where some of us are staying. It has been refurbished to be more like a hostel, but much of the original architecture is still in place. We each get our own little room, but we all share a bathroom. After staying at the hotel for a bit, we were able to go see a business that creates marble sculptures based on both contemporary and ancient designs.

Tomorrow I will get to see what my sculpture looks like when it's installed in the gallery. I am very excited.

My sculpture set outside gallery

Outside the foundry

Working with wax at the foundry

Center square in Pietrasanta

Hallway in monastery

Stairwell in monastery

My room at monastery

Work in progress at marble sculpting business

Plaster casts that are used as references for marble sculptures

Thursday, June 30, 2016


Today was the last day of working. My sculpture is all polished, wrapped up, and placed on the moving truck. Tomorrow morning we will be leaving for Pietrasanta, where we will be staying in a monastery for two nights while the gallery display for our pieces is set up. In case someone wants to purchase one of the pieces, we have to start thinking about how we should price them.


Wrapped up for safety


Even more wrapping for safety

Waiting for pick-up with other sculptures

Loaded onto truck

Sunday, June 26, 2016


We got to take a day trip to Florence, which has some of the best art in Italy. We mostly looked at outdoor sculptures, since the lines to get into the museums were very long and we didn't have a lot of time there. There were also a lot of outdoor markets that were fun to walk through.

Florence streets




Contemporary art installation


Italy themed artwork painted on wall of Disney store
(sadly, they had no special Italy themed merchandise)

Friday, June 24, 2016

Picture Day!

We still have a little under a week to go, but today was picture day for the brochure that will be put out to advertise the show at the end of our time here. Mine isn't quite done yet, but it looks very nice.

Transporting piece to take photograph

pictures I took while the professional photographer was taking pics

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Stone Update

Halfway through our time here. I've made a lot of progress on my sculpture, but stone carving is very slow going compared to the computer programming that I am used to. From here, I just have to keep sanding everything down to get it all scratch-free and shiny.

Friday, June 17, 2016

The Past Few Days

The past few days we have been doing a lot of stone carving (obviously). We also went out for special dinners the last two nights. The first night was a large sit-down meal followed by chestnut-nutella pancakes and karaoke / interpretive dance. This most recent night has been a small meal of assorted snacks and games of pool.

Tomorrow there is supposed to be a town music festival near where we are stone carving, so that should be interesting.

More notes:
We keep hearing this one super catchy song everywhere we go. It’s in Italian, but I’m pretty sure the chorus is “Queen Sophia” repeated several times.

Italians really like thinly sliced salted meats. Like… a LOT.

Everyone is getting along very well. There has been no major arguments or interpersonal drama.

There was a storm so bad last night that several of the tents that are set up over the stone-carving area blew over. In addition, the umbrella on our balcony snapped, so the hotel manager had to come and replace it.

broken umbrella on balcony

After we did laundry (this was the day before yesterday), we had to hang our stuff outside to dry. One of my shirts fell onto the balcony below us (yellow blob is my shirt). Fortunately, the cleaning lady was able to retrieve it for us the next day.

pretty sky

first dinner out

town where we had second dinner out